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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 3663..

The total number of Paediatric surgeons currently practicing at CHC is one, however the doctor rarely works at CHC.

The total number of Paediatric surgeons based in the ACT is three.

Hospitals-psychiatric units

(Question No 509)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 23 August 2005:

Did the 2004-05 March Quarter Capital Works progress report state that 'ACT health is anticipating the completion of the Extension of Psychiatric Unit during the final quarter of 2004-05'; if so, has the extension of the PSU been completed; if so, when was it completed and was the project to budget; if not, (a) why has it not been completed, (b) what is the expected completion date and (c) is the project running to budget.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

ACT Health was confident that the construction program at the time would result in the project being complete by the end of the final quarter of 2004-05. The project experienced some delays and completion was achieved at the end of July 2005. The project was completed with a budget overrun of $80,000. This was due in part to the overheated construction market, the difficult nature of working in an occupied site whilst maintaining bed numbers and design and construction issues related to the installation of fire sprinklers to patient areas.

Capital works-project funding

(Question No 510)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 23 August 2005:

(1) Why was there nil expenditure on the (a) Bush Healing Centre and the (b) New Psychiatric Forensic Centre projects funded in the capital works budget, listed under 'Financial and Economic Business Case', as at the end of the March Quarter;

(2) What, if any, funding had been expended on these two projects as at the end of the 2004-05 financial year;

(3) When will these two projects be completed.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Bush Healing Centre feasibility study was underway at this time, however no invoices had been recorded against this project funding. It is unclear which project the member is referring to in (b) above, however the 3 mental health related feasibility studies (Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team, New Psychiatric Secure Unit and Adolescent Mental Health Services Infrastructure Plan) are being undertaken by the same consultant.

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